The season is far from over, but if it ended today, who would have a chance at the league’s prize for being the top coach? Through the middle of December, some candidates have emerged, though if things stay as they are, it could be a landslide for one coach in particular.
Paul Maurice found his name on almost every hot seat list out there before the season began but the fast-skating Jets jumped out to a dizzying start that now has them as one of the top teams in the West. Though they’ve cooled a bit, Maurice has certainly quieted the doubters.
Jon Cooper was another coach being questioned as the Tampa Bay Lightning failed to make the playoffs last season, but any semblance of doubt was squashed as the Bolts rose quickly to the top of the Eastern Conference. Sporting the best record in hockey, Cooper has certainly staked his claim as one of the league’s best coaches.
Mike Yeo was a wise choice to bring into St. Louis, as the Blues sit tied for the top spot in the West with division rival Nashville.
But it seems that barring any major collapse, the Adams is earmarked for Gerard Gallant. Unceremoniously and oddly dumped by Florida last season, Gallant has taken an expansion team within just two points of the top spot in the West. Though the league structure is different than previous expansion teams entry into the league, Gallant’s wizardry has been nothing short of amazing as Vegas has stockpiled young talent while also putting an exciting–and fiercely competitive team–on the ice.
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